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In this second volume of The Sparks of Randomness, Henri Atlan pursues his investigation of human life, which he grounds in a distinctive intermingling of the biological and cognitive sciences and traditions of Jewish thought. The Atheism of Scriptureoffers up a paradox: its audacious thesis is that the Word or revealed scripture can be better understood without God. It must be decrypted or analyzed atheistically, that is, not as divine revelation, but in and of itself. The first part of the book addresses contemporary science. It puts the evolution of ideas about life and knowledge as conceived by today's biological and cognitive sciences into perspective and shows how the genealogy of ethics must be approached in a new way. The second part takes up this challenge by putting classical philosophy in dialogue with the Talmud and the Kabbalah to advance a non-dualistic anthropology of the body and the mind.
Henri Atlan is Professor Emeritus of Biophysics and Director of the Human Biology Research Center at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem and Director of Studies at the EHESS in Paris. His honorific titles include the French Legion of Honor, the French Order of Arts and Letters, and the French National Order of Merit.
Table of Contents
Zoön and Bios
Living and Knowing: Social Images and Scholarly Discourses
Differences and Continuity
Toward a Genealogy of Ethics
Pleasure and Pain: The First Level of Ethics
The Myth of Adam's Fall and "True Knowledge of Good and Evil"
The Concerns of Moral Philosophy
From the First Level to the Second Level
The Third Level: Theoretical Deduction or Argumentation Genealogy
Modified States of Consciousness and the Sacred
Argumentation Ethics and Underdetermination
The Morality of Indignation
A Schematic Representation
The Subject and Time
A Natural Subject in the Fourteenth Century?
Hasdai Crescas on Determinism and Responsibility
Return of the Subject or Final Death? A Third Term
Hasdai Crescas, Determinism, and Freedom
Determined but Responsible
A Priori Responsibility and Factum Responsibility
"Subject of" and "Subject to"
Crescas and Spinoza: "God's Joy"
Reality, Perfection, and "Glory"
"By Reality and Perfection I Understand the Same Thing"
Reality as Perfection and Perfection as a Model
Wisdom and Perfection
Toward Acquiescence and Joy: Provisional Morality and Habit
Acquiescence and "Gloria"
Gloria/Kavod in Scripture and in Spinoza
Human Perfection according to Maimonides
Revisiting Gloria/Kavod in the Sacred Books, according to Spinoza's Ethics
The Third Kind of Knowledge
The God of Persons and the From of the Human Body
Who or What?
The Human Body, the Subject of the Rights of Man
The Problems of Limits at the Start and End of Human Life
The Pragmatism of Talmudic Law
"I" Is the Tetragrammaton
The God of the Philosophers, and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
The Unique Person and His or Her God
The Voices of Prophecy Reflected on Themselves
An Absolute Singular?
What Am I?
Idolatry Does Not Have to Be Pagan
The Radical Monism of Body and Mind
A Spinozist Perspective on Evolution and the Theory of Action: from Analytic Philosophy to Spinoza
Immanent Causality and Temporal Evolution
Spinoza's Physics and Spinoza's Animism
The Synthetic Identity of Properties
Synthetic Identity, Referential Opacity, and the Underdetermination of Theories
Action and Perception: The Anomalous Monism of Donald Davidson
Action and Perception in the Light of Spinoza's Monism
The Analogy with Physical Magnitudes
Some Astonishing Neurophysiological Findings
Intentional Self-Organization: Toward a Physical Theory of Intentionality
Intention as Ex Nihilio Creation?
Self-Organization Is Not an Ex Nihilo Causa Sui
Is a Physical Theory of Intentionality Possible?
Physical and Chemical Reductionism and Phenomenological Reduction
Meaningless Complexity in the Information Sciences
"Sophistication" as a Measurement of Meaningful Complexity
The Origin of Goals and the Types of Self-Organization
The Transformation of a Causal Sequence into a Procedure
A Non-Intentional Model of Intentional Behavior
A Satisfaction Function and Its Origin
A Non-Intentional Model of Intentional Attitudes
Consciousness-Memory and Unconscious Self-Organization
Action and Perception
The Underdetermination of Theories and Intersubjectivity
Modeling the Models? The Transcendental Nature of Logic and Ethics
Reason and Common Notions
Time and Eternity
Statistics and Temporality
The Use and Misuse of Statistics and Probability: A Brief Review
Misinterpretations in Medicine and Biology
Correlation and Causation
Retrospective and Prospective Studies
Correlation (Strong or Weak) Does Not Mean Causality
The Analysis of Variance and the Endless Debate about the Innate versus the Acquired
Heritability Is Not a Measure of Genetic Influence
The Hypothesis of Additivity
Paradoxes of the Possible and Probabilities: Time versus Eternity
The Monty Hall Problem, or Marilyn and the Goats
Fermat's Strictures and Pascal's "Mistakes": Equal Odds When Throwing Dice
Beliefs and Waters
Memory of Ritual, Metaphor of Fertilization
To Remember and Not Forget
Past and Future: The Conversive Vav
New Years, Memory, and Fertilization
The Time of Ritual: Conceiving a Memory
"The Vision and Riddle" … that "the Mouth Cannot Utter and the Ear Cannot Hear"
Underground History or Carnival?
The Letter of the Spirit
The So-Called Chosen People …
A False Start: The Antisemitic Question
The Treason of Words and Their Improper Usage
What Does the Bible Say?
A Chosen People Like All the Others
There Is Nothing Special about the Essence of the People of Israel
Creating "Chosen Souls"
Understanding Another Imaginary
Where Is the Confusion?
The Election of "the Smallest of Peoples"
The Tribe and the Humanity in Each Individual
A Tribal God in the Wilderness
Telecommunications to the Planetary God
Neither "Race" nor "Chosen People" …
The Question of the State
Maimonides then and Now
Science and Philosophy in the Twelfth Century
The Bodily Forms of God
The Face or Category of "In Front Of"
"The Eyes of YHWH"
Generosity and Rigor
Speculative Kabbalah and Modernity
Seeing and Speaking
Philosophy and Prophecy
The Idolatry of History
Levels of Meaning and the Atheism of Scripture
The Crowns on the Letters
The Meanings of a Bottle Found in the Ocean
The "Garden" and Its Four Levels
Peshat: The Literal, Plain, or Obvious Sense
Remez: The Allusive Meaning
Derash: The "Allegorical" Meaning
The Hermeneutic Situation: Absence Postulated a Priori
Sod: The Hidden or Esoteric Sense
The White Space in the Text
The Name and Its Interpretations
Words of God and the Atheism of Scripture
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